A creative premise for an introduction to Jesus.
Author Susan Anderson’s Ishnabobber is an adorable lighthouse who wants to shine brighter. None of his visitors are able to tell him how to accomplish his goal. In fact, they tell him he’s already shining brighter than all the others. He should be satisfied with that. But he’s not. Finally, a little visitor tells him it’s easy to shine brighter and Ishnabobber can’t wait to discover how.
The premise of this book is precious and illustrator Traci Allison’s vivid illustrations help bring the story to life.
Little Christians who are learning about shining their light will relate well to this story and the complex concept is presented in a way that children will enjoy.
How Can I Shine Brighter is book one of a three-part series about discovering Jesus – The Discovery Series. The ending tees up the second book by leaving the door open to the full understanding of how the Bible can lead to Ishnabobber shining his light brighter. But I would have felt more satisfied if it was tied up tighter on its own.
Bonus materials at the end are helpful and creative. They include questions for reflection, additional bible verses, coloring page, word search, and adult reflection.
I’m already looking forward to reading book two!
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Susan Anderson is a Jesus lover, wife, mother, and grandmother. Her life experiences, growing faith, and obedience to God’s nudging have inspired her to write Christian children’s books that are designed to show what a growing faith looks like. She loves hosting retreats at her cabin home as well as mentoring hurting women. Her passion is to help people of all ages understand “the peace that surpasses all understanding” that comes from a personal relationship with Jesus.
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Shirley Alarie began writing adult and children's books to benefit two causes she loves. 'Hope in the Hood' portrays the incredible story of Colleen Adams providing hope and help to disenfranchised inner-city youth. 'A Healing Haven' showcases the amazing work of Shawn Jayroe and her incredible volunteers at RVR Horse Rescue. Children's books 'A New Friend for Gilbert' and the Dominick the Donkey 2-part series are based on real animals and events at RVR. Now Shirley writes for Jesus - including children's books, her FindingGodAmongUs blog, and as a Christian adult and children's book reviewer. Sign up to receive reviews of hot-off-the-press Christian and Children's releases. Need a freelance writer? Check her out.
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